German 2.Bundesliga 2019/20 Matchday 1: Stuttgart v Hannover
Date: Friday, 26 July, Kick-off at 19:30 UK/ 20:30 CET
Venue: Mercedes-Benz Arena (Stuttgart).
• Last season’s relegated Bundesliga sides Stuttgart and Hannover lock horns in the inaugural game of 2019/20 second division.
• Stuttgart finished 16th in the top tier last season and were knocked out by Union Berlin in the relegation/promotion play-off.
• Hannover were 17th with a 7-point drift with Friday’s hosts; lost more games (23) than any other team in the league in 2018/19 season.
Stuttgart vs Hannover Head-to-head
The two Bundesliga meetings of last season went in favor of team playing at home: Stuttgart 5-1 and Hannover 3-1.
Both teams scored in all four recent head-to-head meetings between the sides.
They last met in the 2.Bundesliga on 2016/17 season, Hannover did a double over Stuttgart with 1-0 home win and 2-1 away win.
Vfb had dominated this h2h fixture while playing at their own backyard, 7 wins from 11, along with a draw and 3 defeats.
Seven of their last 9 meetings at this ground saw over 2.5 goals, 6 of those saw both teams finding the back of the net.
Stuttgart vs Hannover Prediction
Both teams had a busy pre-season, certainly Hannover the busiest of the two having taken part in 10 friendly games. Mirko Slomka cannot complain about the outcome with his team emerging victorious in 7 of them. However, the quality of the opponents is below par, the only strong team they met during the period is Russian Premier League outfit FK Rostov.
Meantime, Stuttgart finished their preparations with back-to-back wins against Freiburg 4-2 and FC Basel 3-2. Tim Walter and his men come to the season opener with full of confidence after smashing a massive 21 goals in those 7 friendly games. However, he must have some concerns with defense that conceded 12 goals in return.
The fact that Hannover were lethal in front of the goal in their games as well (29 goals in 10 games); and with their h2h history, we are in for a highly entertaining affair this Friday. This makes a clear case for both teams to score priced at 1.70 odd as the top pick for this 2.Bundesliga match.
Yet, Vfb are slight favorites to start their campaign with a win and this can be backed at 1.80 odd with most bookies. With quality wins against strong opponents in the pre-season must have already boosted this team’s morale and confidence.
Home advantage will play another part in the outcome; Hannover had struggled at this ground far too often.
Stuttgart vs Hannover Bet Tips
Will go with Both teams to Score as the top pick for this match; 1.70 odd.
A decent alternate is Stuttgart to win the match priced at 1.80 odd.